To gain a better understanding of the autonomic features of the Tivoli Management Suite, you'll need some background information. IBM's Tivoli software suite consists of an underlying infrastructure containing a growing set of Tivoli and third-party management software applications that can utilize this framework to manage heterogeneous systems and applications in a consistent manner. Tivoli provides a standardized management interface to different operating systems and services. This allows administrators to manage users, systems, databases, networks, and applications from one interface and provides a streamlined way to automate and delegate routine
A corporate IT infrastructure contains a large number of resources to manage. These resources can be network
, operating systems, databases, Web servers, Intranets, middleware, and off-the-shelf or custom applications. The foundation of the Tivoli Enterprise architecture is distributed object-oriented software called
. Most of the applications of the Tivoli Enterprise suite use the services included in the framework. This means that when a major function in the framework is improved, these Tivoli applications can take advantage of the improvement. The Tivoli Framework also serves as a single point of integration for Tivoli and third-party applications. In addition to the framework, Tivoli Enterprise provides a suite of management products in the disciplines of deployment, availability, operations, and security management. These are often called the fundamental Tivoli management applications or the Tivoli
Tivoli provides software products in four distinct areas, namely:
— Providing access to the right resources at the right time.
Configuration and operations
— Managing the change and complexity of your e-business infrastructure.
Performance and availability
— Monitoring and optimizing the performance of your e-business infrastructure.
— Protecting and maximizing the integrity and availability of all business data.
The scope of systems management is wide-
and covers many product lines within IBM and third-party
. Figure 15.1 illustrates this coverage of the IBM portfolio of products and services.
Figure 15.1. Coverage of IBM Tivoli products across the IBM portfolio of products and services.
When autonomic computing is integrated with Tivoli software products it provides solutions that:
Increase responsiveness through provisioning by creating
Ensure better business continuance with availability management through self-healing systems.
Increase service delivery using workload management solutions that create
Protect corporate information and resources with security management solutions that foster
Now let us review the autonomic features—self-configuring, self-healing, self-optimizing, and self-protecting—of Tivoli in more detail.